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Meet the final contestants ahead of tonight’s Rose of Tralee finale

One of the roses will take home the crown this evening.

Repro Free: 20/08/2019 Wexford Rose Emma Byrne, Galway Rose Órla McDaid, Meath rose Meghan Byrne, Mayo Rose Nicole Loughlin, Boston & New England Rose Tanya Stanley, Clare Rose Victoria O'Connell and Ottawa Rose Kathleen Zuk as Dáithi Ó Sé introduced all 32 hopeful Roses for the first time ahead of this years Rose of Tralee television show in Castletown House Celbridge before they began their journey to Tralee. Picture Andres Poveda

Tonight, the second evening of the Rose of Tralee festival competition will take place.

Half of the hopeful roses will take to the stage, to be interviewed by master of ceremonies Daithi O’Shea – and one will take home the covetable crown.

Tonight, viewers can look forward to hearing from the roses representing Antrim, Chicago, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Limerick, London, New Zealand, Ohio, Ottawa, San Francisco, South Carolina and Wexford.

Antrim Rose Orlagh McClinton

The Antrim Rose is studying to become a primary school teacher.

Orlagh has a penchant for travel, and spent six months studying abroad in Poland.

As a big GAA fan, Orlagh supports her local club St Joseph’s in Glenavy.


Chicago Rose Shana Pembroke

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Shana was born and reared in Chicago, but her dad grew up in Currow in Co Kerry.

Her grandparents on her mother’s side are from Knock in Co Mayo.

Shana is passionate about working with autistic children, and has a talent for singing as a member of a successful a capella group. She was also a professional child actor as a youngster.

Clare Rose Victoria O’Connell


Victoria may be representing the beautiful county of Clare, but she actually hails from County Galway.

Victoria is passionate about mindfulness and meditation, and takes the time to go for walks and read.

Donegal Rose Chloe Kennedy

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Chloe grew up in Donegal, but celebrates her Indian heritage which comes from her grandmother.

She hopes to be successful in “bringing a wee slice of Donegal down to Tralee”.

Chloe is a psychology student, and hopes to pursue a master’s degree.


Galway Rose Orla McDaid


Galway Rose Orla McDaid hails from the historic Galway town of Craughwell.

Orla is a qualified veterinary nurse, and has used her skills and compassionate nature to care for animals of all species. She is now studying to become a biology and agricultural science teacher with a Professional Master of Education course at NUI Galway.

Orla is also committed to charity work, raising money each year for the Irish Cancer Society.



Kerry Rose Sally-Ann Leahy

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Home economics teacher and a special education needs co-ordinator Sally-Ann is passionate about education.

She also adores doing charity work, and volunteers with the Chernobyl Children’s Fund in Tralee.


Limerick Rose Sinead Flanagan

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Limerick Rose Sinead is a junior doctor.

She is a huge GAA fan, with her family supporting Roscommon in the football as her father originates from the county.

Sinead also loves to volunteer her time, and spent a month volunteering in rural Ghana at The Methodist Faith Healing Hospital in Ankaase.


London Rose  Laura Kennedy

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Laura grew up in Cork, but departed for London to pursue her career in IT.


Outside of work, Laura adores musical theater and participating in the performing arts.

“For me, my one true wish really has come true in becoming the London Rose!” she said.


New Zealand Rose Sinead Rose Stayton


Sinead’s maternal grandparents are from Sixmilecross in Co Tyrone.

Her family emigrated to New Zealand in 1959.

Sinead volunteers for ‘Everybody Eats’ – a pop-up restaurant in her community which turns rescued ‘waste’ food into quality meals.


Ohio Rose Danielle Goebel


Danielle’s grandmother immigrated to the US from Co MayO

One of her favourite memories is touring Ireland with her family members, seeing her grandmother’s home town.

Ottawa Rose Kathleen Zuk


Kathleen comes from Carrickmacross in Co Monaghan on her mother’s side.

Kathleen is an avid travel fan, having visited over 30 countries during her travels.

She enjoys dancing and Gaelic football.


San Francisco Rose Brooklynn Quinn


San Francisco Rose Brooklynn originally hails from Waterford.

However, she now lives on a ranch in California with her family after moving there when she was just 13. She enjoys caring for the various animals which live on the ranch.

She works as a behavioral therapist for children with autism.

South Carolina Rose Cat McWhirter


Cat is a professional actress and personal trainer.

Cat enjoys exercise and weight lifting, and loves her role as a personal trainer as she gets to help people explore their body’s potential.

Wexford Rose Emma Byrne


Emma is in DCU’s St Patrick’s Campus studying to be a primary school teacher.

However, her goal is to become a primary school principle.

She enjoys Irish dancing and horse riding in her spare time.